John

Knowing Jesus - Knowing the Lamb of God

Introduction:

How to Prepare to Know Jesus:

  1. Your heart must be Ready . (John 1:19-24)

    Isaiah 40:3 - A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God."

  2. Your heart must Exalt . (John 1:25-28)
  3. Your heart must Receive what He gives. (John 1:29-34)
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Small Group Discussion
Read John 19-34

  1. What was your biggest “take-away” from this passage / message?

  2. Explain John the Baptist’s mission. What was He telling to do concerning the coming Christ (John 1:23, see Isaiah 40:3)? How was baptism a way people were preparing themselves?

  3. How is “exalting Christ” a motivator to “knowing Christ”?

  4. How would you reply if someone asked you, “How can I grow in exalting Christ in my own life?”

  5. Read John 1:29. What is the significance of “taking away” sin?

  6. *Bonus: John the Baptist got the greatest compliment in the history of everything - Matthew 11:11. What do you think it was about John that made Jesus say this?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another. Each of you list an “obstacle” that needs cleared from your heart to “make straight the way of the Lord”.

Knowing Jesus - He Has Made Himself Known

Introduction:

John 17:3 - And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

3 Things Jesus Has Revealed About Himself:

  1. Who is Jesus? He is God . (John 1:1-3)
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  1. Why did Jesus come to earth? To give Life . (John 1:4-13)
  2. What is Jesus like? He is full of Grace and Truth . (John 1:14-18)

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Small Group Discussion
Read John 1-18

  1. What was your big take-away from this passage / sermon?

  2. List the 3 things this prologue to John teaches about Jesus.

  3. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Do you typically lean more towards grace or truth? Why?

  4. Reread John 1:12-13. How do these verses affect how we view evangelism?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another - specifically that we would grow in KNOWING JESUS this year at HBC.

Peter: Restoration.

How do I prove my love for Jesus? (John 21:15-23)

  1. By Caring for his people. (John 21:15-17)
  2. By being Faithful no matter what. (John 21:18-19)
  3. By refusing to Compare myself to others. (John 21:20-23)
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Small Group Discussion

WHOLE GROUP
Read John 21:15-23

1 - Though we know we are forgiven in Christ (those who have received Him!), we do we still struggle with guilt from time to time?

2 - Discuss the usage of the words for “love” in the exchange between Jesus and Peter (John 21:15-17). What is the significance? What kind of love does Jesus call us to? What does that look like?

3 - How do we often compare ourselves to other Christians / churches? Why do we do this? How does Jesus’ statement to Peter (John 21:22) address our desire to compare ourselves with others?

BREAKOUT

What are YOU doing right now to “love Jesus’ people”? What is He calling you to do? What is keeping you from doing it?

7 Words from the Cross - Part 6

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"It is finished."

Review: John 19:30  |  Heb 10:4  |  Rom 5:8

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
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John 19:30

  1. What was "finished", exactly? Be specific, and list as many things as you can!

  2. Why didn't Jesus say "I am finished"? What's the difference between that and "It is finished"?

  3. What are ways people try to "earn" their way to God? Why is it blasphemous to try to add to the completed work of Jesus on the cross?

  4. What is the difference between Old Testament atonement vs Jesus "taking away" our sin? See Hebrews 10:4.

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another!

7 Words from the Cross - Part 5

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"I thirst."

Review: John 19:28-29  |  Matt 27:47  |  Exodus 12:22  |  John 7:4  |  Psalm 23  |  Psalm 69:21

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
John 19:28-29

  1. Why did Jesus drink this sour wine when He earlier refused to drink (Matthew 27:34)?

  2. What is the significance of the statement "I thirst"? Why is this more than just a declaration of a physical need?

  3. What does Jesus' fulfilling this last prophecy teach us about God's Word as a whole?

  4. What is significant about the hyssop branch being used to take wine to Jesus? What was God communicating with this?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.